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Desert Mountain High School’s performing arts department is in the running for a $1,000 to $10,000 grant after being selected as one of 120 Grammy Signature Schools semifinalists. “Our performing arts depart- Desert Mountain High School’s jazz ensemble ment is really phenomenal,” said plays for a rapt audience. Desert Mountain High School Grammy Signature School, while the Principal Nikki Wilfert. “They are rec- remaining finalists are designated as ognized for the amazing work that Grammy Signature Schools. they do all the time. This takes it to a “As always with these kinds of prodifferent level. It’s neat for people out- grams, there are always expenses,” said side and the national level to see it, Wilfert of purchasing new instruments too.” and repairing old instruments. “That To be considered, Desert Mountain financial support would be incredible.” officials had to complete a 10-part The performing arts department application that sought information students have countless performances its students and curriculum, such as in school and the community. Wilfert music styles; periods they study and said the school’s philosophy is not only perform; district, regional and state to perform at Desert Mountain, but events and competitions they partici- other schools, too. pated in; number of students involved The performing arts department inin the program; and the amount of volves hundreds of students, which is support the program receives from the important from a research and condistrict’s budget. nection standpoint, Wilfert said. ReFor the second round, the depart- search shows that students who are inment submitted recordings of its per- volved in music have better test scores. formances. Wilfert said the Grammy Music also helps connect students, Foundation will announce the final- which makes their high school experiists in mid-March. According to the ence special, Wilfert said. Grammy Foundation, the top proThe Grammy Signature Schools programs are designated Gold recipients. gram began in 1998 to recognize pubThe best program of the Gold re- lic high schools making an outstandcipients is designated as the National ing commitment to music education.

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By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski A onetime newcomer to Arizona, Lori Flynn understands the importance of making friends as well as staying in shape. So the activities director at the Newcomers Club of Scottsdale joined fellow members in creating Yoga in the Park, which is offered to nonmembers free of charge on consecutive Mondays in January and February. The free days are from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Jan. 19, Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9 at George “Doc” Cavalliere Park, 27775 N. Alma School Pkwy., Scottsdale. To reserve a spot, call (480) 312-7707. “It’s one of more than 40 activities that we provide,” Flynn said. “We accelerated that and added more fitness activities because we’ve thought that there were younger people moving into the area who are very active. “Besides the eating and merriment (activities), they wanted hiking and biking and golf and other activities to keep fit.” Held outdoors, Yoga in the Park allows fitness buffs as well as newbies

the chance to enjoy the scenery and get exercise. She said it’s a nice atmosphere in which to learn about yoga because it is nonjudgmental. “Even if they have never done yoga before, it’s something everybody can do at their own pace without judgment or question,” Flynn said. “It’s just all about you and how you want to do it. Everybody at various skill levels gets what they need out of it.” The yoga program is one of more than 40 activities offered by the Newcomers of Scottsdale. Newcomers of Scottsdale boasts nearly 600 members who have had a change in lifestyle or location, and have moved to the Valley, Flynn said. “We provide activities to socialize and opportunities to meet other people who are also. in most cases. new to the area and looking for a social network,” Flynn said. “They’re looking for an immediate connection. Typically they have moved a lot and they are just looking for activities and events to fill out their calendar while they are meeting peo-

ple, and making decisions about social life and community. One of the other fitness programs is Soles on the Sidewalk, a 3- to 5-mile walk once a week. “It’s for people who maybe have bad knees and can’t handle the elevations included in hiking,” she said. “Most people can put one foot in front of the other one. They want to do that and be outside. People seem to like getting to know one another while they’re walking and chatting. That accomplishes several things for people.” The demographic of the group is generally singles, but a growing sector is the 45- to 60-year-old men and women who join. “I have been a part of Newcomers in other states and mostly they were

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The professional Arizona United Soccer Club will play in Scottsdale Stadium beginning in April, according to the club. “This is the next step in professional soccer’s evolution in Arizona,” said Arizona United Soccer Club owner Kyle Eng. “Our mission is to serve the entire Arizona soccer community, and this move will bring the beautiful game to a wider audience. With Scottsdale Stadium’s proximity to restaurants and nightlife in downtown Scottsdale, our supporters will enjoy a game day experience that is second to none.” The spring home of the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, Scottsdale Stadium has won praise for its intimate sightlines, fan-friendly facilities and central location. The City of Scottsdale partnered with the soccer club. “The people of Scottsdale love sports, and soccer is definitely among the most popular,” said Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. “That’s why we are so excited to welcome the Arizona United Soccer Club to Scottsdale Stadium and downtown Scottsdale. It’s a great venue in a great location, and it will provide a great home field advantage for Arizona’s only professional soccer team. We can’t wait to kick off the season.” Arizona United Soccer Club played its 2014 USL PRO home schedule

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Everyone loves burgers…and brats… and beer. How about all three combined? Yup. Hopdoddy Burger Bar, a new restaurant that opened off Scottsdale Road just north of Shea Boulevard, is serving up a beer-braised brat Gridiron Brat,” the two looking back burger. Dubbed the “Lil’ meats are covered with roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, melted provolone cheese and sweet grain mustard, then sandwiched between a fresh-baked poppy seed bun. Yummy! Even the Germans would be proud of the gastronomic accomplishments of this Austin-based hamburger joint. Hopdaddy is located at 11055 N. Scottsdale Rd. Tilted Kilt will be serving up beer, as well as bratwurst and pulled pork sandwiches at this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open from 9 a.m. to close Tuesday, Jan. 27, through Sunday, Feb. 1. Located on the 18th fairway, the infamous Tilted Kilt deck gives a stunning view of the golf course. Designed and decorated to look like an actual Tilted Kilt, the tent remains one of the largest food and drink tents at the open, holding 500 to 600 people. Un-

like some VIP tents, Tilted Kilt is open to all attendees. Not sure what to do for your significant other for Valentine’s Day? The award-winning Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort is offering couples a chance to turn up the heat with its Sweethearts Sanctuary escape. Available Friday, Feb. 13, through Monday, Feb. 16, the Sweethearts Sanctuary package includes a two-night stay (tax included), a 60-minute couple’s massage at Sanctuary Spa, Valentine’s Day dinner at the award-winning Elements and a romantic rose petal turndown. Reservations are available at www.sanctuaryaz.com. Rates for the package start at $1,866 based on a two-night stay. Who says you can’t buy love? Come on, admit it. You were a fan of Sonny Crockett from “Miami Vice.” Who wasn’t, right? Well grab your Armani jacket and pastel undershirt and head over to Arizona’s only Alfa Romeo dealership to test drive the new 4C. Technically, Crockett drove a Ferrari, but you get the point. Like its fa-

mous Italian cousin, Alfa Romeo is a premium luxury car perfected by more than 100 years of Italian engineering. The newly opened Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Scottsdale is located at 16301 N. 78th St. This is Arizona’s first and only dealership of the legendary Alfa Romeo brand. Roll down the windows, put the pedal to the metal and crank up some Jan Hammer. The Scottsdale Ballet Foundation is hosting its Summer Ballet Scholarship Audition for ballet students. The cost to study at an out-of-state summer ballet program will knock your socks… or ballet slippers off. This year, award money from the foundation will total $2,000. The audition is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Scottsdale School of Ballet studios located at 14455 N. 79th St., Suite C. The audition fee is $25 per child. For info, visit www. scottsdaleballetfoundation.org.

to use as gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and the holidays. More than 5,000 books will be available, including paperbacks, hardbacks, cookbooks, children’s books, audiobooks and DVDs. All items will be priced at $2 or less, and on the last day of the event, you can stuff as many books as you can fit into a grocery bag for only $10 per bag. All proceeds from the sale will benefit local outreach ministries. In preparation for the book sale, Desert Foothills is accepting donations of gently used paperbacks, hardbacks and audio books. One hundred percent of donations will benefit the local community. Contact Dwayne Richard at (480) 710-2403 for more information.

Desert Foothills Lutheran Church is holding its eighth annual book sale from Friday, Feb. 13, through Sunday, Feb. 15, at 29305 N. Scottsdale Rd., in the Fellowship Hall. Stash extra books

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Residents can take advantage of two events this month and going forward. One will help save them from identity theft, while the other will allow residents to recycle electronics. Saturday shred events have returned. The events take place at Walmart, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd., between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. Feb. 28, March 28 and April 25. Donations of $3 per box are requested to help with the Police Officers of Scottsdale Shop with a Cop and children’s programs. Residents are invited to recycle old electronics equipment, including computers, TVs and phones. The City’s next electronics recycling event will be held at the North Corp Yard at 9191 E. San Salvador Dr., from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. Find out all the items that can be recycled. For questions, call (480) 312-3111 or visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov.

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looking back By Scott Shumaker | Photos courtesy the Scottsdale Historical Society

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The Ford Model T, introduced to the buying public in 1908, has been called the “most famous motor vehicle ever built.” The car that helped transform the landscape is celebrated as the first car marketed for the “multitude.” But as historian John Rae writes, Henry Ford grew up on a farm in Michigan and also imagined the Model T as a “car to help the farmer.” The Model T was rugged and could be modified for a variety of needs, including pulling plows. The accompanying photos show that early Scottsdale residents, often involved in agriculture, found the Model T to be a useful addition to the family.

Top: Besides carrying passengers, the Model T could be used on farms as portable engines. Belts were fitted to the Model T’s axle or wheel, as in this undated photo, and used to pump water, move conveyor belts or generate electricity. Left: This early automobile ferried passengers and mail from the Ingleside Inn to Scottsdale and Phoenix.

Clarice Kimsey sits on a crate in what appears to be a Model T missing its body. Kimsey’s husband, Mort, ran Scottsdale’s first gasoline station.

Rena and Gabe Brooks of Cactus Road pose with daughter Emmagene in a 1920s Model T. Gabe Brooks worked as a machinist and well-driller.

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By Meghan McCoy A Notre Dame Preparatory High Nick’s love of the game began when School senior bested 1,500 players he saw another student carrying a trowhen he tied for first place in the U.S. phy in first grade. Chess Association’s 2014 National “It’s very rich and deep,” he said of K-12 Championship. chess. “It’s not like Monopoly. There is Having played chess since he was 6 no luck and there is a lot more posyears old, Nick DesMarais sibilities than most board of Notre Dame Prep won six games. There is a lot of psyof seven games, tying maschology because you have to ter chess player Sami Sen, psyche out your opponent.” a Vancouver, Washington, The game has also brought senior. father and son closer. “I’m very happy,” DesMa“It’s good bonding berais said. “I have gone to four tween me and my dad beor five tournaments on the cause we have been playing national level. (I have) never for so long,” DesMarais said. gotten that close to winning. Nick DesMarais fell They started taking joint in love with chess in It’s a good result for me and the first grade. coaching lessons with masa lot of fun.” ter chess player Joel Johnson Chess players came from 50 states when DesMarais entered the third to compete in the tournament. Players grade. took on opponents from their grade “Right from the start, I knew he had level for seven rounds. the potential to be a very good player,” “I kept on playing harder people Johnson said. “As with all young playuntil I lost,” DesMarais said. “I won ers, Nick enjoyed playing more than my first three rounds and then I lost pushing himself to be a better player. round five and won six and seven.” He frequently relied on his talent to The rounds consisted of 90-minute get him by.” games and 5-second moves. At the beginning, Johnson said they “The game with better players took would have weekly two-hour lessons longer because (we were) more evenly in person, which eventually turned matched,” DesMarais said. into additional sessions through SkyWith the win, DesMarais raised his pe and the Internet Chess Club as U.S. Chess Federation rating to 2,124 DesMarais improved. points, making him only 76 points DesMarais hopes to play for and away from achieving master status. study at Vanderbilt University or He is also in 40th place on the USCA Washington University in the fall. roster for 17-year-old U.S. players. “Even if I can’t, I will still keep busy “I am very proud of him,” said his playing chess,” he said. “I will probably father, Rich DesMarais. “He has done play chess for the rest of my life.” well.”

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Phoenix motor sports fans will witness the world’s best monster Kids can create cards for family trucks battle it out in the ultimate members and friends, with art supplies event of intense speed, racing and and colored paper provided. destruction. WHEN: Sat., Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to comm. spotlight pasta vixen financially speaking WHEN: Sat., Jan. 24,mom atcents7 p.m. 12 p.m. WHERE: Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson WHERE: Toys and Playtime Oasis, St., Phoenix 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 116, COST: $20 to $125 Scottsdale. INFO: (800) 745-3000, COST: Free www.ticketmaster.com, or INFO: (480) 948-4630 or www.monsterjam.com www.azdollhouse.com classifieds photo page events calendar recipe corner

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Show up early to buy goodies from This classic Disney title contains the charity yard sale, meet players and all of the songs from the Academy let kids hone their Award-winning animated feature film hearsay meet your neighbor law talk baseball skills. as well as three new songs from the WHEN: Sun., Feb. 22, from 12 p.m. to Broadway show. 4 p.m. WHEN: Fri., Jan. 30, through Sun., Feb. WHERE: Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson 8; Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., and St., Phoenix Sundays at 2 p.m. COST: Free; charge for autographs WHERE: Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 INFO: bizhttp://atmlb.com/1ynlZ6q N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills box looking back COST: $12 to $15, group rates available INFO: (480) 837-9661, ext. 3, or Disney’s “Beauty 3 www.fhtaz.org and the Beast Jr.” The classic story of the heroine, Belle, and the beast, is told live on stage. 8 Special Olympics Tennis Fun Day WHEN: Fri., Feb. 20, through Sun., Arizona Special Olympians will take to March 29; Fridays and Saturdays at the courts at Troon Country Club for 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 1 the fifth annual Tennis Fun Day. p.m. and 3 p.m. WHEN: Sat., Jan. 24, WHERE: Scottsdale Desert Stages WHERE: Troon Country Club, 25000 Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., N. Windy Walk Dr., Scottsdale Scottsdale COST: Free COST: $15 INFO: (480) 585-9878 INFO: www.desertstages.org

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Enjoy ice skating in the Valley of the Sun. WHEN: Through Sun., Feb. 1, various times WHERE: CityScape, 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix COST: $6 to $12 INFO: (602) 772-3900 or www.cityskatephx.com

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The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. WHEN: Sat., Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. WHERE: US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix COST: $18 to $135 INFO: (800) 745-3000 or www.usairwayscenter.com

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Teen Career Conference

The Phoenix Zoo offers this opportunity for teens and their parents to explore many different careers in animal science. WHEN: Sat., Feb. 7, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix COST: $10; registration required INFO: (602) 914-4333 or http://bit.ly/152DYUv

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Take advantage of this opportunity to bring the whole family—dogs included—to the garden. WHEN: Sat., Jan. 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix COST: Regular admission of $10 to $22; free for members; plus $4 per dog. Proceeds from dog admission benefit the Arizona Humane Society INFO: (480) 941-1225 or www.dbg.org

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The warm winter we’ve had, thus far, has sent my orange tree into a tizzy and I’ve already got more ripe oranges than I know what to do with. Or do I? Looks like it’s time to see what I can do with four oranges and some craft supplies. law talk

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Hold an orange in one hand and stick the tip of your knife into the top of the fruit next to the stem. Carefully bring the blade of the knife around to start a spiral cut of the peel, which you will continue the entire circumference of the orange. You want the entire peel to stay intact. Once it is removed, gently spread it out, rind up, on the cutting board. Using your knife, gently remove as much of the rind as possible without cutting the peel. You want the peel to be bendable. Choose one end of the peel and cut the end off at a right angle to the rest of the peel. Starting with the cut end, tightly curl the orange peel, trying to keep it as even as possible as the side that wants to be the bottom will end up being the top. When the peel reaches the halfway point, the remaining peel will form the outer petals. Use the curl at the end of the peel to form the base of your flower. Set on a plate and either let stand indoors or out in the sun for at least 24 hours so it will dry in its new shape. Orange Peel Flower Potpourri Ingredients: Glass bowl Orange peel flowers and orange leaves Whole cloves 3 to 4 cinnamon sticks, 2 star anise

Orange leaves have a nice scent of their own and make a great addition to potpourri. Arrange all of your ingredients in a bowl and set out to enjoy. The scent will last for a week or two and is still nice to look at months later.

Leftover Orange Room Scent Ingredients: Pint Mason jar Orange peel, rind and one sliced orange, all left over from the orange peel flower project 2 tsp whole cloves 3-4 cinnamon sticks

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Starting with the orange slices and working your way down to the smallest spices, place everything in the Mason jar and cover with two cups of water. Place on the candle warmer and enjoy!

Orange Peel Flower Wreath The neat thing about orange peel flowers and orange leaves is that they keep their color and shape once they’ve dried. But if you’re too impatient (like me!) to wait for them to dry, you can use a length of floral wire inserted horizontally through the base of the flower to hold it in place and add it to the wreath.

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Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions made its return to Scottsdale Jan. 14 through Jan. 18 underneath the distinctive white tents. Locally owned and operated, Russo and Steele photo page events calendar celebrated its 15th anniversary this year between Scottsdale and Hayden roads, just south of the North Loop 101 Freeway. In addition to the electricity surrounding the more than 800 collector automobiles, Russo and Steele will boast its famous coliseum-style “Auctions in the Round.” Photos by Tim Sealy

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You want to express your love, but you don’t want to hurt your wallet by doing so. Never fear! You can be frugally minded and still have an enjoyable Valentine’s Day. Check out the tips below for ways to save. photo page

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Cards If your kids are handing out cards at school, look at buying packs of smaller cards rather than individual cards that will cost more. You may also want to check the dollar stores for discount cards. There are also many free printable Valentine’s Day cards that you can make yourself. If you are mailing cards, send postcards, which have less postage than cards with envelopes. You can also send free eCards to long-distance loved ones (try www.BlueMountain.com for one example).

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Dinner The easiest way to save is to dine at home or have a picnic, but if you feel like going out there are a few things you can do to save. Look for deals on local restaurants on www. groupon.com, www.LivingSocial. com or www.restaurants.com. Move the date. Celebrating after the 14th can save you a headache from the crowd and any higher rates that may be charged. If you want to celebrate on that day, try going for lunch rather than dinner. Skip the wine. Alcohol is expensive and can increase your chances of spending more. If you want to celebrate with a bottle, pick one up at the store and enjoy it in the comfort of your own home. You’ll easily save at least 50 percent on the bottle. Happy Saving!

Flowers Roses tend to go up in price (up to double) around Valentine’s Day. Seasonal flowers will be much less expensive. You can also mix up the colors, sizes and types of flowers to create a unique bouquet that costs less. Check larger retailers like Costco, Sam’s Club and Walmart for flowers. They buy flowers in bulk, and pass the savings onto the costumer. Potted plants are also a less expensive option that will last longer than a week or two. You save money and your loved one continues to enjoy your present.

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Cutie Patooties! Is your kid a “cutie patootie”? Of course he is, so submit your baby, toddler or kid photos to the The Nearby News’ Scottsdale Moms section for a chance to win a restaurant gift certificate. Send high-resolution digital photos to editor@nearbynews. com. Be sure to include your name, your child’s name and age and your phone number. (Don’t worry, phone numbers will not be published.)

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Melissa Hurst, a Valley-based deal-hunting savings pro, is also a mom of three. She understands the importance of budgeting and shares her savings tips in her column. Visit www. SavingCentsWithSense.net, where she shares her passion for bargain-hunting and strategies for stretching a budget.

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his teacher, as well as doing a lot of soul searching and mental preparation. The competition was comprised of three rounds, with 28 competitors in the first round. Each participant played for 20 to 25 minutes. The second round included a 40-minute recital with the eight semifinalists. The final round had three finalists. “The music is a classical music competition,” Boyle said, adding that he did not write the music that he performed. He began playing the piano 14 years ago after taking interest in the instrument. “I enjoy being able to communicate with people and with audience members,” he said. “The music that has been written with the piano is so rich. I like to always be able to bring that to people because most people don’t get a lot of exposure to it. I feel there is something valuable to continue to play these wonderful pieces that are written for the piano.” After Boyle graduates from ASU, he hopes to pursue his education as a pianist with a master’s degree and continue to compete. “Any other younger pianist in the area, I encourage them to continue to follow their own love for the piano and not hold anything back and really go for it,” Boyle said.

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“Rapture, Blister, Burn” This artfully crafted show was the runner-up for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in drama. WHEN: Through Sun., Feb. 1, various times meet your neighbor WHERE: The Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Suite 406, Scottsdale COST: $15 to $20 INFO: (602) 765-0120 or www.thestudiophx.org “Late Nite Catechism” Ruling her classroom with razorsharp wit, Sister teaches her students (her audience) everything she knows about sins and saints while doling out rewards and reprimands. WHEN: Through Fri., March 27, various times WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $39 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org “Late Nite Catechism III: ‘Til Death Do Us Part” Sister offers up the latest dogma fresh off the Internet. WHEN: Through Sat., March 28, various times WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $39 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org Sunday A’Fair Celebrating its 28th season, Sunday A’Fair features free outdoor concerts in Scottsdale Civic Center Park by the Valley’s top musicians. WHEN: Selected Saturdays through April 5, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Includes: Jan. 18, Jan. 25 and Feb. 15 WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 499-8587 or www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org Mark Sullivan The New York Times bestselling author discusses “Thief,” the latest installment in his Robin Monarch series. WHEN: Wed., Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. WHERE: The Poisoned Pen, 4014 N.

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Goldwater Blvd., Suite 101, Scottsdale COST: Free admission; charge for book INFO: (480) 947-2974 or www.poisonedpen.com Michael Carson “Layers” Uncovering the layers of a Michael Carson painting has been dubbed an “adventure.” Visit with him at his artist reception or simply view his paintings during the exhibition. WHEN: Thurs., Jan. 22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (artist reception); exhibition runs from Thurs., Jan. 22, through Tues., Feb. 10. WHERE: Bonner David Galleries, 700 E. Main St., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 941-8500 or www.bonnerdavid.com

Nu-Blu Nu-Blu’s newest album, “All the Way,” includes a duet tribute to George Jones that features Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Sam Moore as well as another breakout hit, “That’s What Makes the Bluegrass Blue,” with bluegrass superstar Rhonda Vincent. WHEN: Thurs., Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Cattle Track Arts Compound Theatre, 6105 N. Cattle Track Rd., Scottsdale COST: $15 to $25 INFO: (718) 374-1086 or www.brownpapertickets.com

Newcomers Club of Scottsdale Luncheon Special guest is author Arthur Kerns, a former FBI agent from Scottsdale, who has traveled the world as a security consultant. WHEN: Thurs., Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. WHERE: Gainey Ranch Golf Club, 7600 E. Gainey Club Dr., Scottsdale COST: $25; reservations by Mon., Jan. 19 INFO: (480) 990-1976

Artists of Scottsdale Ranch Art Show The seventh annual show will feature 20 local artists selling original work in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, in addition to mixed media work, ceramics, and jewelry. In addition, the Virginia Piper Cancer Outreach Program is the beneficiary for the silent auction. WHEN: Sat., Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Ranch Community Association clubhouse, 10585 N. 100th St., Scottsdale COST: Free admission INFO: www.artistsofscottsdaleranch.com

Arizona Sun Circuit Quarter Horse Show Come watch some of the finest quarter horses and riders compete in reining, working cow, cutting and roping. WHEN: Fri., Jan. 23, through Sun., Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. WHERE: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: www.suncircuit.com

Taste of the NFL Party with Purpose Taste of the NFL brings its world-class recipe for food, fun and football to Scottsdale. The country act Little Big Town provides the entertainment. WHEN: Sat., Jan. 31, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. WHERE: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: $700 to $9,000 INFO: www.tasteofthenfl.com

Waste Management Phoenix Open A field of 132 players, including Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, will vie for the $6.3 million purse, the $1.1 million first-place check and 500 FedExCup points. WHEN: Mon., Jan. 26, through Sun., Feb. 1, various times WHERE: TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale COST: $30 to $3,600 INFO: www.wmphoenixopen.com

Wendy Whelan’s “Restless Creature” Ballerina Wendy Whelan has collaborated with four choreographers to create a suite of duets performed by her and each choreographer. WHEN: Tues., Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $39 to $69 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org

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portrait of the Nobel laureate and his literary legacy. WHEN: Wed., Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $29 to $59 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org Salt River Fields’ Street Eats The world’s leading food truck experience features 50 vendors of food. WHEN: Sat. Feb. 7, and Sun., Feb. 8, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: $12 to $50 INFO: www.saltriverfields.com Occident Meets Orient This concert series showcases the faculty and students of the ASU Herberger Institute School of Music. WHEN: Mon., Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $10 (free for students, teachers and veterans) INFO: (480) 499-8587 or www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel He discusses “Torment and Triumph: Franz Liszt, Satan or Saint?” WHEN: Tues., Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $29 to $49 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org Waterfront Fine Art and Wine Festival Thunderbird Artists brings artists of all calibers to the waterfront. WHEN: Fri., Feb. 13, through Sun., Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale COST: $3 INFO: (480) 837-5637 or www.thunderbirdartists.com Dog Rescue to the Ranch The Arizona Small Dog Rescue brings an adoption event to Scottsdale Ranch. WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Ranch Community Association Clubhouse, 10585 N. 100th St., Scottsdale COST: Free admission; adoption fees vary INFO: rescue@rescueAngelsAZ.com

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It’s healthful, light and refreshing— just the type of recipe we’re all looking for this time of year. Ceviche, a citrus-based marinated seafood appetizer or light meal, is perfectly prepared with this version, the right blend of smooth flavors with a big kick of cayenne and roasted jalapenos. I got this recipe from Michael Garcia, executive chef of Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Chandler. He often makes this Garcia family favorite for his kitchen staff and I was lucky enough to be there the day he was stirring up a fresh bowl full. “My grandmother, Nana Lena, originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, made this as a neutral recipe, meaning it’s designed to add as much or as little heat as you want, and it’s still wonderful,” Garcia said. He added that his Nana Lena knew seafood, and she taught him to blend it into perfection with this dish!

As a young boy, Garcia would ride his bicycle almost every day to his Nana’s house and watch her prepare traditional Mexican dishes. “Nana would say, ‘Michael, are you hungry?’ Are you kidding? I was always hungry!” Garcia recalled. “I’d stand there in the kitchen and watch her make my favorite things like homemade corn and flour tortillas and ceviche!” Thankfully, this recipe has no chance of being forgotten. Garcia has begun a new tradition with his four sons. They make Nana Lena’s ceviche every Sunday—especially during football season. “We prep it together and the first bowl is ready by the beginning of the second game,” he said. It’s so good, chef, mine won’t last through the first commercial of the first game! Gracias, Nana Lena!

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My family is always looking for plac- gave the entrée a nice pop of flavor. As es to eat a late breakfast, so we were she stopped by to check on our meal happy to discover the colorful Dona experience, Kay said, “We don’t even Kay Café. own a freezer. We shop every day and Owner Dona Kay, who we only shop local.” greets every guest at the While the café is open, door with co-propriDesLauriers and the staff etor Mark DesLauriers, work in tandem, preparwhipped up special paning catering orders for cakes that weren’t on the Dona Kay Catering in the menu. The lemon cransame kitchen. berry pancakes ($8) were Kay brought out a cup tangy, flavorful and fluffy of fresh blackberry jam and among some of the for the English muffins best pancakes in town. that accompanied the My two sons are omelet Denver omelet. The jam aficionados and ordered The lemon and cranberry was made by her mother the Denver omelet ($8). pancakes are not on the from blackberries that It included ham, peppers menu but can be ordered were hand-gathered in and cheddar cheese, and anytime at Dona Kay Oregon. served with rosemary- Café. My husband ordered seasoned potatoes, an English muffin the AZ Border Hopper ($8), a breakand fresh fruit. The omelet was gen- fast burrito described with caution on erously sized and the fresh peppers the menu: “It doesn’t matter what’s in comm. spotlight

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When Amanda Myers was young, she frequently rearranged her bedroom furniture and played house with her sister. As a teenager, Myers worked for her grandmother, Bernadean Fuller, the longtime owner of Stevan’s Furniture and Interior Design. Beautiful pieces of artwork that are for sale adorn “I remember being 15 and the walls of Stevan’s Consignment. working with my grandma, helping her “What helps to make us unique is with inventory and cleaning the bath- that we are set up like a design store; rooms,” Myers said. we are trying to carve out that niche When Myers considered opening a and so we offer interior design services business, it was only natural for her to as well.” gravitate toward the furniture and deCustomers who are unsure of how sign business. they want to decorate or redecorate Myers opened Stevan’s Consign- their home can meet with Myers, who ment in Scottsdale in July 2013, con- will travel to their home and see the tinuing the family tradition of offering spaces they are working with. beautiful and top-quality furnishings. “The first hour is complimentary and Her grandmother comes in for a cou- then I charge $75 an hour,” Myers said. ple of hours a week to help out, and “I like to go to their home and gather her mom, Barbara, works for her as a information about the space, and talk bookkeeper. to them about their goals as well as “We try to keep beautiful things in their budget. I take it all in and conthe store at all times,” Amanda Myers sider the design aspect.” said. “We take high-end furnishings, Myers also has a faux finisher on art, tapestries and bronzes. We try to staff, and a personal buyer is also availconsign wonderful things.” able to help people get the best furConsignment customers sign a 90- nishings for them. day contract that offers a 50/50 split on “About 40 percent of our clients are the sale price, or 55 percent as a store repeat customers, and we have some credit. regulars who tell us that our store is the Myers said she works with a variety first stop that they make.” of clients who wish to sell their highMyers said meeting her customend furnishings: couples who are di- ers face-to-face and going into their vorcing or downsizing, people who are homes to do interior design consultahandling an estate, those who have just tion is the highlight of her day. a few pieces to consign, and more. “Our motto is ‘helping create your If a customer has a large amount of perfect space,’ and I love interacting furniture to consign, Myers is happy with customers and having them invite to go to the home to assess it. In most me into their personal space,” she said. cases, though, clients will email her “I love it when I transform a space so a photo of what they wish to consign completely and to see them so happy along with manufacturer information with it. I truly feel like I was bred to do and a description of the piece’s condi- this.” tion. Stevan’s Consignment is located at In addition to her ever-changing in- 15770 N. Greenway Hayden Loop, ventory of consigned items, Myers said Suite 102, in Scottsdale. For more inshe also buys bronzes, art, rugs and formation, call (480) 607-0143 or visit other items from manufacturers. www.stevansconsignment.com. on the town

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Distraught callers in the early morn- option for the seniors at no charge to ing hours have become the norm for her clients. Susanne Schaeffer, who owns the “As a senior service company, I help Scottsdale senior families find care placement service for their loved ones; Above and Beyond. everything from in“The most comhome care and nursmon calls I get are ing care to assisted from families in criliving and people who sis where they have are bed-bound and just learned that much more,” she said. their mom, dad, aunt, A former employee uncle or other relaof adult protective tive doesn’t get to go services, SchaefSusanne Schaeffer, owner of home from the hospi- Above and Beyond, is devoted to fer understands how tal, and they will need helping families find care for their overwhelming it can to find them care,” senior loved ones. be for family memsaid Schaeffer, who also serves as lead bers to find the best placement for social worker. their loved ones. For the past 21 years, Schaeffer has Schaeffer, too, helps family memtaken countless calls like that. In every bers move seniors who may not be in case, she works to find the best care the best facility for their needs. on the town

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“I feel like I’m in the business of saving lives,” said Schaeffer, who has a master’s degree. “Families need to know that there are affordable options that provide their loved ones with a great quality of life. “It’s not just that I get a fee from the facility and say, ‘See ya,’ I stay with the family and I’ve been to these places and follow up with them, so I know who is giving good care.” One case made a huge impact on her six years ago. A man called her because he was concerned about the treatment his mom was getting at a care center. The woman underwent routine surgery after falling and breaking her hip. But the man told Schaeffer that his mom was bed-bound and doing poorly. Schaeffer was concerned about her health.

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The town of Carefree elicits images of unspoiled desert landscape, massive saguaro cacti and dramatic sunsets. The town has also become synonymous with mystical Native American Arts Festivals. And the queen of the arts festivals is the “Bird,” Roberta Toombs-Rechlin of Magic Bird Festivals. Magic Bird Festivals was founded in 1989 by ToombsWorld Champion hoop dancer, Moontee Rechlin, nicknamed “Bird” Two-time Sinquah will be performing throughout the weekend and her husband, Lester Rech- at the Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival lin, who provides “the magic,” held on Jan. 23-25. with the Arizona sunshine that guaraccording to Toombs-Rechlin. Toombs-Rechlin is practically a na- anteed many play days outdoors. I was tive herself, having moved to Arizona transfixed by the lush Sonoran Desert with her family, from Springfield, Il- and even loved the summer heat.” As a young adult, Toombs-Rechlin linois, when she was 7. “I have dust in was content working for Prudenmy veins,” she proudly stated. When people talk about pillars of tial Insurance, until an inspirational the community, Toombs-Rechlin is experience in Santa Fe, New Mexexactly that in Carefree and nearby ico, changed her outlook on life and Cave Creek, where she resides. Her steered her professional career to where it is today. story is 100 percent Americana. She moved to Santa Fe in 1977 to “I grew up one of six children in Maryvale during its infancy in the very work in the art business with a friend. best days of that community,” she said. When she returned home to Phoenix, “That’s when World War II veterans she knew exactly what she wanted to like my dad found affordable homes in do with her life. “I quickly realized I had fallen in Maryvale thanks to John F. Long and love with the small-town artist comthe VA (Veterans Administration).” “At first, I missed climbing the trees munity way of life,” she recalled. So in 1982, she moved to Cave in the big and little woods nearby our Springfield home, but I soon fell in love Creek, which had the same smallon the town

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town charm of Santa Fe. There she artists will display traditional and met her future husband. contemporary creations celebrating “It was then I knew that I was smack- Native American artisanship. This dab in the heart of the most mag- festival is expected to draw more than nificent Sonoran Desert, replete with 10,000 visitors. vistas unsurpassed,” Toombs-Rechlin “What better way to celebrate the waxed poetically. “And I was back in great state of Arizona and the unique a small town, full of unique person- community and venue of Carefree then alities, bohemian artists, real cowboy to honor the first citizens and indigranchers and the like…all living side enous peoples of the Americas whose by side in a one-of-a-kind dynamic.” tribal presence is so prominent here,” Toombs-Rechlin dabbled in art her- Toombs-Rechlin said. “It is an educaself, she said, but came to the realiza- tional and entertainment experience tion that some people were born to be unsurpassed by any museum because it artists, while others were born to be is alive and it is now in the present day.” art facilitators, leading to the creation The fourth annual Carefree Festival of Magic Bird Festivals. of Fine Chocolate & Fine Art is sched“My husband said to me one day uled during Valentine’s Day weekend. early in our productions of Cave Creek This four-day festival runs from Art & Craft Festivals in the 1990s that Thursday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, he saw me becoming one Feb. 15, in the Carefree of the premier Arizona Desert Gardens. More artists’ events facilitators,” than 100 exhibitors of fine she recalled. “That is when art, chocolate and handI decided to concentrate made confections will dismy time and efforts in the play their wares beginning arena of artists’ facilitator on Thursday from 12 p.m. rather than becoming an to 5 p.m. and continuing artist myself.” Friday through Sunday, 10 Magic Bird Festivals a.m. to 5 p.m. will host five events in “All of our festivals offer Carefree this year, with something for everyone,” two notable ones slated in she said. “They include the next two months: the The fourth annual quality, well-produced Carefree Festival of Fine fourth annual Carefree Chocolate & Fine Art will entertainment and foods, Indian Market & Cultural be held over Valentine’s and they are just fun.” Festival and the fourth an- Day weekend. Magic Bird Festivals nual Carefree Festival of also hosts the Carefree Fine Chocolate & Fine Art. Fine Art of the Southwest Festival, the The Carefree Indian Market & Cul- Carefree Christmas Festival Gift Martural Festival is scheduled for 10 a.m.- ket and the Carefree Days Festival. 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, through Sunday, Admission is free. For more informaJan. 25, at the Carefree Desert Gar- tion about Magic Bird Festivals, visit dens, 101 Easy St., Carefree. www.magicbirdfestivals.com or call More than 100 highly acclaimed (480) 488-2014.

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A: Be careful when a spill on your outfit dries invisibly. You might think, “Oh, good, it didn’t stain.” But much of what we consume (and spill) has sugar in it, and the sugar turns brown when heated during drying or finishing. Bring it to Prestige Cleaners. In most cases, we can spot the area and still get the residue out before it becomes a problem.

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Jason Mitchell and James Wexler 7949 E Cochise Road

A property that comes along once in a generation. It is with great pride that we present the most exquisite property Scottsdale has to offer. Sprawling on over three acres, this timeless estate brings a class and charm like no other property could. Upon entering it is as though you are being taken from the heart of Scottsdale to your own private resort. Numerous ponds, citrus trees and cactus surround this elegant property while the main home brings a sense of class and charm and not audaciousness. Strolling up the path you can visit your amazing wine room and private retreat. Enjoy a glass of vino at night and feel as though you have been taken away to the south of France. Property will leave you breathless. Nothing of its kind exists and we have priced it to sell immediately. Offered at $3,390,000

8357 N Via Linda

This custom designed and decorated home will wow you in every single facet. As you arrive Imported cantera stone surrounds the front patio with beautiful pavers and sitting area. The finishes of the property are unmatched with custom ceilings, lighting, flooring and paint. Gorgeous great room with cantera fireplace & nestled just below entertaining bar area with a stunning walk in wine cellar. The kitchen needs no words. From the wolf range, to the Miele coffee maker to the handmade island. Step outside to a beautiful brick paver patio with large pool and space to entertain. The Master retreat is light and bright with a perfect sitting / work area and open ensuite. We cannot express how even the photos do not do this home justice. It is a chance of a lifetime to own this home in this area. Offered at $1,299,000

8410 N 84TH Place

Back on the market and ready for an offer. This is a true one of a kind and only custom home in Las Palomas. Originally built exclusively as the builders home, this property features some of the finest quality and finishes you will find. Stunning entry way with gorgeous architecture and features. Floor plan is perfect. Spectacular great room and dining area. Kitchen has been completely updated and is the perfect space for entertaining. First floor is completed with a wonderful master retreat and a separate den or office off the entry. Upstairs is PERFECT for your guest and family with two large room with ensuite and loft area. Low maintenance backyard with relaxing spa. All of this in the exclusive guard gated community of Las Palomas, the premier lock and leave of McCormick Ranch! Offered at $849,900

9707 E San Salvador Drive

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Beautiful property situated on corner lot in highly desirable Andalusia in Scottsdale Ranch. 4 bedrooms/3 full baths split bedroom floor plan. Luxury Upgrades include: Stunning hand scraped wood flooring throughout living and dining areas, gorgeous granite slab counters,refinished kitchen cabinets, copper faucets, high end chandelier lighting and a separate bar area for entertaining. Backyard paradise with newer redone pool and filter, large grass area with extended patio & ramada. Added bonuses of: new flat roof coating, new water heater, built in garage cabinets, recessed halogen lighting and separate formal & kitchen dining. Light and bright home with south facing backyard make this home a must see!! Offered at

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